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Community

Sunday Assembly

1st & 3rd Sundays, 11:00

Sunday Assembly presents

London Assembly

Come along to sing SONGS, hear TALKS, share TEA and CAKE and enjoy COMMUNITY with 400 others. 

It's for everyone who wants to LIVE BETTER, HELP OFTEN and WONDER MORE.

Entry Free/Donation.

See you soon down there.


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Film & Theatre

Rock, Chalk and Sausages

Sat 10th Jan 2015, 19:45

The Conway Collective presents:

Rock, Chalk and Sausages - a showing of a work in progress from Natalia Levchenko (Ru) and Caroline Waters (UK).

First meeting in Moldavia in 2003 Natasha and Caroline's passion for improvisation in performance has led them to collaborate on many projects over the years. In January 2015, after spending a week of research in the studios with the starting point of rock, chalk and sausages, Natasha and Caroline are excited to present their findings with the Conway Collective at Conway Hall London

They will be working with all tools of performance that come to mind and which are found appropriate. Examining issues of appearing naked in public in all senses and using fashionable pop vintage props of chalk, tape and string...or whatever is around. There will be set pieces revolving around the improvisation and a time to bring in Russian and UK rock, but not exclusively forgetting other types of music.

The sausages are for fun and nutrition, or maybe a way to help us talk on the theme of feminist/feminine in a simple non conceptual ironical way.

Natasha Levchenko started her dance career at the end of the 80’s in a dance team ‘Slang’ in Ekaterinburg dancing styles of break, funk hip hop. When more information came to Russia after Perestroika her interested started to shift to Dance Theatre, Contemporary, CI, Improvisation/Performance. She can now add Somatic Disciplines to that list. She has been the director of her own dance company Kipling Dance for 15 years based in Ekaterinburg.

Caroline Waters started off studying Mime and Physical Theatre in the early 80’s which led to a Degree in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts in the UK. Here she got to study across genres all kinds of improvisation in performance. This set her up for a lifetimes work internationally creating work on the road as well as organising many Contact Improvisation and Improvisation in Performance Festivals in Europe, Russia and The USA. After teaching for 15 years at Dartington, before it closed she now teaches at Chichester University and continues to develop her freelance performance work and Festival organising.

Free entry


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Sunday Concerts

Fibonacci Sequence

Sun 11 Jan 2015, 17.30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Fibonacci Sequence

Now in thier nineteenth year, the Fibonacci Sequence are considered one of the UK's most distinguished chamber ensembles with a wide-ranging discography and impressive reviews. The ensemble members appear at the world's leading festivals and venues and many of them are also on the faculties of leading conservatoires in the UK and abroad. Concerts for the ensemblehave  included a visit to Colombia to appear in the prestigious chamber music series in Bogotá, Ibagué and Medellin, and the second festival of chamber music in West Cumbria, successfully inaugurated by the Fibonacci Sequence in June 2010.

"...no praise can be too high for the Fibonacci Sequence's polished and dashingly committed performances..." Gramophone

Jack Liebeck violin
Marije Ploemacher violin
Louise Wiliams viola
Benjamin Hughes cello
Kathron Sturrock piano

Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm:
Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Huw Wiggin soprano saxophone
Ellie Mcmurray alto saxophone
Chema Banūls tenor saxophone
Shevaughan Beere baritone saxophone

Singélee: Premier Quatuor
Piazzolla: Close Your Eyes and Listen
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Rossini: The Barber of Seville

Main recital at 6.30pm:
Dvořák
: Four Romantic Pieces Op.75
Mozart: Trio in B flat K502
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Op.44

£10 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

Bring Back Capital Punishment?

Sun 11 Jan 2015, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Barbara Smoker & Prof. Evan Parker

This will be a lively but serious discussion event to kick-off 2015, exploring whether there is now a case to re-introduce the death sentence.

Barbara Smoker, who is adamantly opposed to such a notion, will explain why this “barbaric" practice - outlawed across the European Union, was abandoned as a form of retribution in the UK in 1963. Indeed the Conway Hall Ethical Society (and Barbara) were at the vanguard of this campaign, viewing this form of punishment as unethical. Members generally continue to hold this view to this day.

Evan Parker will set out why we should now reconsider our thinking on this very emotive issue. He will present arguments as to why inconsistent, outdated and non-democratic thought processes have prevailed in determining the ultimate sanction, and that it is timely to revisit. He will describe how capital punishment could now be viewed as appropriate retribution, bringing potential benefits to our society and interpreted as an ethical practice.

Evan Parker held the Chair in Semiconductor Physics for 25 years at the University of Warwick. He continues to do research in nanotechnology and has strong interests in climate change, including geo-engineering. He has published widely, spun-out several companies including one in 2014. He is a Trustee of Conway Hall Ethical Society. 

Barbara Smoker was born in London in 1923 into a Roman Catholic family. She served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service from 1942-45, mainly in south-east Asia. In 1949 she became an atheist. In 1951 she joined the South Place Ethical Society, in the course of time taking on all the major roles in the Society, becoming in1986 the Society’s only female Appointed Lecturer.
 
She was elected President of the National Secular Society in 1971 until 1996, representing the atheist viewpoint in print, on lecture platforms, speaking tours and on radio and television.  A forceful debater, she was active in many social campaigns including  abolition of the death penalty, prison reform, CND, the legalisation of abortion and for voluntary euthanasia. 
 
Barbara was an early officiant at non-religious funerals, wedding ceremonies, and gay and lesbian commitments. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Her publications include Humanism (6th edition 2014), an introduction for secondary pupils, and Freethoughts (2002), being selections of her contributions to The Freethinker journal. 
 

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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Courses & Workshops

Brazilian-Portuguese “taster” lesson for beginners

Mon 1 Jan 2015, 18:30

Lingua Diversa Group presents

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Brazilian-Portuguese “taster” lesson for beginners 

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Brazilian-Portuguese with communicative and fun activities!

The next lesson will be on Monday 12 January from 18:30 to 19:30. This event is very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

TICKETS/COST: £5. To book your place please email us at info@linguadiversa.co.uk

START AND END TIME: from 18:30 to 19:30


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Courses & Workshops

An Introduction to Existentialism

Tue 13 Jan 2015, 18:30

Philosophy Bites presents

An Introduction to Existentialism: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre

A 5-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

Maximum class size 35

Teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed

This course runs for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning 13th January 2015 (13th, 20th, 27th January, and 3rd and 10th February)

The course will run from 6.30p.m. -  8 p.m. (doors open from 6.15pm) in the Bertrand Russell room (apart from 2oth Jan, which is in the Brockway Room).

The price for the 5-session course is £85 payable in advance via Paypal using the buttons below.  (concessions - full time students, unemployed, and those who have attend previous courses I've run:  £70 - use drop down menu on Paypal button).

This is an introductory course examining some key existentialist thinkers' work. We'll be looking at Fear and Trembling and Either/Or by the Danish 19th Century thinker Søren Kierkegaard, selections from the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, including The Birth of Tragedy, and The Genealogy of Morals, and Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism and parts of his Being and Nothingness. No prior knowledge of philosophy is assumed or necessary. I'll make suggestions for further reading/listening after each session.


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Courses & Workshops

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

Tue 13 Jan 2015, 20:10

Philosophy Bites presents

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

A 5-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

Maximum class size 35

Teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed

This course runs for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning 13th January 2015 (13th, 20th, 27th January, and 3rd and 1oth February)

The course will run from 8.10pm - 9.40pm in the Bertrand Russell room (apart from 2oth Jan, which is in the Brockway Room).

The price for the 5-session course is £85 payable in advance via Paypal using the buttons below.  (concessions - full time students, unemployed, and those who have attend previous courses I've run:  £70 - use drop down menu on Paypal button).

This is an introductory course examining some key ideas in the Philosophy of Art. Topics discussed will include several different approaches to the question 'What is Art?' such as Clive Bell's Formalism, R.G. Collingwood's The Principles of Art, the neo-Wittgensteinian critique of attempts to define art, Arthur Danto and George Dickie on art and institutions. We'll also discuss questions about the relevance of an artist's intentions  to interpretation, and the vexed issue of the basis of critical judgments about particular works of art, taking off from David Hume's famous essay 'Of the Standard of Taste'.


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Courses & Workshops

German “taster” lesson for beginners

Tue 13 Jan 2015, 18:30

Lingua Diversa Group presents

Introduction to German

German “taster” lesson for beginners 

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the German language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn German with communicative and fun activities!

The next lesson will be on Tuesday 13 January from 18:30 to 19:30. This event is very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

TICKETS/COST: £5. To book your place please email us at info@linguadiversa.co.uk

START AND END TIME: from 18:30 to 19:30


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Courses & Workshops

Italian “taster” lesson for beginners

Tue 13 Jan 2015, 19:35

Lingua Diversa Group presents 

Introduction to Italian

Italian “taster” lesson for beginners

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Italian language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Italian with communicative and fun activities!

The next lesson will be on Tuesday 13 January from 19:35 to 20:35. This event is very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

TICKETS/COST: £5. To book your place please email us at info@linguadiversa.co.uk

START AND END TIME: from 19:35 to 20:35


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Courses & Workshops

Spanish “taster” lesson for beginners

Tue 13 Jan 2015, 18:30

Lingua Diversa Group presents 

Introduction to Spanish

Spanish “taster” lesson for beginners

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Spanish language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Spanish with communicative and fun activities!

The next lesson will be on Tuesday 13 January from 18:30 to 19:30. This event is very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis. 

TICKETS/COST: £5. To book your place please email us at info@linguadiversa.co.uk

START AND END TIME: from 18:30 to 19:30


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